Juneteenth Santa Barbara: Nourishing the People

June 18 | noon-5:00 p.m.
200 Block of Gray Avenue, Santa Barbara

Juneteenth Santa Barbara is a local celebration of the national recognition of Black Independence Day. It is a collaborative effort to showcase Black culture, talent, and joy in Santa Barbara County. This event, now in its sixth year, centers around a free community block party that will be held in historically Black Santa Barbara, now known as the Funk Zone.

With a theme of “Nourishing The People,” the free community block party will honor the cultural connection of Black/African-American food and the ancestral ties to our community.

The community is invited to enjoy live local music, dancing, poetry, spoken word, artist exhibitions, storytelling, soul food, and a community social food cookoff. We will also have the Black Artisan Market, which includes Black-led community organizations showcasing their work at their own booths.

Year-round, Juneteenth Santa Barbara utilizes its platform to uplift all Black/African American-led/serving organizations and plays a key role in coordinating Black History Month events and monthly Santa Barbara County Black Leaders Meetings.

We look forward to nourishing our community in celebration of local Black efforts and opportunities to engage with meaningful partnerships and relationships. We hope you join in on the fun!

We invite Santa Barbara County to join us on Sunday, June 18, from 12-5 pm on the 200 block of Grey Street.


About Juneteenth Santa Barbara

Juneteenth Santa Barbara is an annual event, where we bring community members together to celebrate the freedom of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas were informed of their freedom and immediately danced in the streets. Today we honor our ancestors and celebrate our freedom, showcasing Black joy and culture in Santa Barbara, California. Our community event also honors local Black artists, performers, and organizations as well as providing free food, dancing, and singing. To learn more please go to juneteenthsb.org.